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Leaders: How to Manage Work Stress So You Can Leave Work at Work & Become a Sustainable Leader

Leaders:  You cannot lead with excellence if stress is an underlying problem!  To become a sustainable leader, you must first resolve or eliminate unnecessary stress:

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Here’s a terrific article on how to manage work stress for everyday or extraordinary leaders:

5 Daily Rituals to Manage Work Stress 

How ordinary (and extraordinary) leaders can use the practice of mindfulness to feel happier, satisfied and more productive at work.  Oh, and leave WORK at work so you can truly enjoy your family time … read Judy Martin’s blog post on Forbes.com here: 5 Daily Rituals to Manage Work Stress

Post below and share your favorite daily rituals to manage work stress:

 

 

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Leaders: Secrets to finding solutions to problems – stop looking!

I posted a question asking what Senior Leaders do to recharge on the LinkedIn Group Developing the Leader within You.  Below is a quick summary of great suggestions and ideas for creativity, solution-finding and recharging from senior leaders from around the world, and included:

  • Listening to music
  • Reading
  • Golfing
  • Walking
  • Driving country roads (avoid traffic)
  • Riding horses (mine) … p.s. just being in their presence recharges and relaxes many people)
  • Showering
  • Meditation
  • Hand washing dishes
  • Vacuuming (mine)

The consensus seems to be in order to recharge or to find solutions, we can get there easier and in less time when we switch off the thinking brain and switch on the the being and doing brain and “mindless” (preferably enjoyable) activity.

Activities in which we enjoy and lose track of time (the state of flow) also may encourage alignment of our heart waves and brain waves, which will clear the clutter and allow you to recharge your thinking brain (which is why we have Aha! moments doing these very things).

The evidence in the latest brain-science research proves it. Now … go forth and play (and of course, shower)!

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Being a leader has several inherent benefits as well as challenges.  One challenge is “power stress” which results from the demand for influencing others and the increased responsibility of the position (McClelland, 1985).

Power stress is considered to be part of the experience resulting from exercising this influence and the subsequent sense of responsibility felt by those in leadership positions.

Richard Boyatzis (2006), Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, who has written over 100 articles and authored six books in the subject,  several with Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) and published numerous studies in the field of leadership, emotional intelligence and neuroscience, proposes that leaders who are able to develop others through adopting a coaching engagement, are able to significantly lower this stress at a neurological level, which in turn has a positive ripple effect for the coachee, the coach, the coachee’s peers, customers and the organization as a whole.

Get free resources to find out how you can lower your stress level with tools to easily engage in a conversation focused on developing others at Sustainable Leadership, Inc.